What to do With Old Memory Modules
Let me first start this off by saying congrats! For what you ask? Well, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably just upgraded your computer(s) and are now getting a faster, smoother performance. I’m assuming you have some computer memory sticks that you need to get rid of, but you’re not sure how. So, the question is, what do you do with your old modules? I’ll give you the five best ways to offload your old computer memory.
Sell It. This is the most obvious choice that will reap you the most reward for your efforts. You can either take the time to find a buyer yourself or take the easier, more efficient way of selling memory to a memory buyer. The memory market is big, and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to resell it.
If you’re opting to simply dispose of the RAM modules, then I recommend doing so via a reputable organization like WeBuyUsedMemory.net. Instead of paying them to take it off your hands, they will pay you a fair market value for what your memory is worth. The more memory you must sell, the more money you can make. Selling in bulk is key here!
Also, don’t be fooled by “free” recycling services. Let’s face it, nothing is “free”. These recyclers basically strip down old hardware for any serviceable and reusable parts, then dump what’s left in a landfill. There’s always a price to pay. That leads me to the next option.
Recycle It. A more socially responsible option is to recycle your old memory. Memory modules contain precious metals and other elements that must be discarded in regulated ways. Recycling is a good way to help the environment.
Donate It. Countless charities, schools, and community organizations must make do with outdated computers. Budget cutbacks require some local organizations like schools, churches, or even hospitals, to cut back on technology upgrades, leaving them searching for any hardware they can get their hands on. A simple memory upgrade can go far and help them increase the performance of their systems.
Hobby spaces or better known as, makerspaces are great places for computer RAM donations as well. There are countless ways in which memory modules can be repurposed, from teaching the basics of PC building, to salvaging the modules completely.
Give it to friends or family. You can be the person everyone likes and give your old memory to friends and family members who have similar computer systems. When giving old memory away to someone, make sure their motherboard uses the same level of memory technology as yours, otherwise it will be useless. In most cases, RAM that is removed from a PC or laptop can be reused in an old machine. If you take the time to check compatibility with the target device, this should be straightforward.
Reuse It. A great way to get a performance boost out of old memory is to use it as part of a RAM drive or RAM disk. Simply put, a RAM drive is a block of memory that your computer’s software treats like a storage drive and you can plug old RAM modules into
No matter what you choose to do with your old memory, there are several ways to put it to good use. They can be reused, recycled, sold, or donated. Of all the options mentioned, the most important thing to remember is to recycle it safely. Let’s all do ourselves a favor and keep the memory out of the landfills.